Want to actually be able to say that you have "herded" cats?
We can help with that, and our herd can teach you how to
properly walk with multiple cats....
With our dedicated caregivers (full time
on site colony managers), we typically have the day to day
duties covered. We find that our volunteer needs coincide
with the time away necessary for the caregivers.
What would a volunteer do for our herd?
Check the 6 feeding stations, fill with hard food
Conduct 2-3 herd walks, anywhere from 10-30
- Between 3-5pm every day, mix 96 ounces of soft
food with 1 cup of rice. Feed the soft food mix in the Meow Motel,
and surrounding feeding stations
- Check the 2 inside feeding stations, fill with hard food as
- Check the 2 exterior feeding stations, fill with hard food as
- Fill/clean outside waterer as needed
- Check the 2 cabin feeding stations, fill with hard food as
- Check the "Veranda" feeding station, fill with hard food as
- Feed the kittens, 5 cans of soft food, over 5 feeding plates
- Clean the litter boxes, fill with litter as necessary
- Check the automatic waterer, clean/fill if needed
- Check the manual waterer, clean/fill if needed
- Check the feeding station, fill with hard food as necessary
- Be a kitten tree, 2-3 times per day, checking everyone's health
and activity level
Basically, we feed, water, and observe our herd everyday. The herd
walks are just as important as the feeding, because it lets us gauge their
activity level. Watching them walk alerts
us to any limps, any missing regulars, etc... We also use this time to
apply topical flea/tick prevention once a month. This is not something
we would ask our Volunteers to do for us though, no worries. Finding
the "Regular" cats, on the side of the hill, in a bush, under a tree, is a
requirement. You must be good at hide and seek with four legged
For many obvious reasons, we would ask that our Volunteers have
experience with cats, preferably either prior rescue/shelter or veterinary
knowledge. Leaving our herd in the hands of someone else is a very big
decision, and a pretty large responsibility. We will really only
consider Volunteers who are local to the Northwest Arkansas
(Bentonville/Bella Vista) area.
We limit the location due to necessity of two or three visits per day to
the sanctuary. For liability reasons, we do not allow children to come
Volunteer or visit the colony. While our cats are not violent, they
are outdoor cats, and do have claws. They do not intentionally hurt
people, but they have been known to stretch up a pant leg and flex their
claws to get your attention!
If this Colony Volunteer sounds like something you would be interested
in, please do Contact Us.
do periodically have a need for Volunteer to support a project at the
sanctuary. Currently, we are looking for a Volunteer with good
carpenter/overall construction skills. Two of our current projects
include a new roof (and roof line) for the Meow Motel, and a redesign of the
existing cat beds - adding a larger bed with in floor heating.
have some extra time on your hands, and can help with any of the projects
listed above, please Contact Us
. You are
welcome to bring your own tools, or use the tools that we have here.
For the construction side, we could really use some help drawing up a plan
for the new roof line (taking down the 2 story and converting it to a single
story. We are actively looking for a building grant to assist us with
the cost of this project, and grants require full project packages to be
developed prior to submitting the application. Paying for an architect
to come out and draw up plans is simply not within our budget at this time,
so we are hoping to find someone with general construction experience who
could assist us with this.
If you are interested in helping us out
with the construction project, please Contact Us
Thank you for considering donating your most precious commodity,